Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman, John Bird and Rebecca Front are among the cast of these BBC Radio 4 comedy dramas from the writer and producers of Cabin Pressure.
These six self-contained duologues, each one brimming with humour and charm, come from the pen of John Finnemore, author and star of the award-winning John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme.
'A Flock of Tigers'. 1934. Edmund and Dolorosa are sharing a train carriage - and embarking on an unexpected adventure. Starring Charles Edwards and Celia Imrie.
'Wysinnwyg'. In the Sales Support Department of Willard & Son, new girl Kerry meets Adele. Starring Alison Steadman and Isy Suttie.
'Red-Handed'. Arriving home early, Joel is surprised by an unexpected visitor named Henry. Starring John Bird and Lawry Lewin.
'The Goliath Window'. It is 1820, and Mark and Luke have arranged an appointment in the vestry of St Anne's Church, Mayton Chennett. Starring Simon Kane and John Finnemore.
'English for Pony-Lovers'. In a German guest house, Elke is waiting to receive an English lesson from Lorna. Starring Rebecca Front and Beth Mullen.
'Hot Desk'. A receptionist and a security guard meet every day at 7am and 7pm to hand over a desk. Starring Matthew Baynton and Jenny Bede.
With a star cast, memorable characters, witty dialogue and beautifully crafted plots, these heart-warming plays are an utter joy. Duration: 3 hours approx
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By MARTIN J WILKINSON on 10-03-16
Entertaining as always.
I love John Finnemores' writing. His humour is intelligent and charming and never fails to entertain. His stories are original, inventive and beguiling. Can't wait to download more.
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By Hanna Raspel on 04-02-16
If you like stories
you are absolutely going to love this. Every one of these starts off by making you presume something, and then goes on to absolutely smash your presumtions. It's great fun (as is the case with Finnemore) and clever to boot. The actors and actresses are splendid in what they do. Absolute candy for your brain. My favourite was the 'Goliath window'. That was the one I didn't see coming in any shape or form. Really, I couldn't recommend this more.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Zaubermond on 30-12-16
One story made a German laugh out loud
A sense of humor is about as individual as a fingerprint. Some people love Finnemore and some don't, as with any comedian. He is without doubt clever, intelligent, and witty, though at times he descends into silliness. I loved "Cabin Pressure" and a many of the sketches in "Souvenir Programme."
This collection is different and has an uneven quality. I thought the first and last stories, for example, were utterly pointless. The bathroom fittings sketch was annoying.
But I loved John Bird as the burglar. (Has he ever given a poor performance? I don't know of one). "The Goliath Window" was over-the-top and totally British. And the whole thing was worth it because of the one sketch that sparkles with word play and satirical brilliance, "English for Pony Lovers."
Over Christmas, I played this last for my elderly mother, who is German. There is little evidence anyone in her family possesses a sense of humor, and I never know what she will think is funny, but she laughed out loud over Lorna and Elke! (Her favorite thing now is to say the word "goats" with a heavy Leeds accent).
If you already love this comedian, give this a go. If not, I don't think it's the best introduction to his work.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful